David Byrne

Born in Scotland and raised in Baltimore, David Byrne attended the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and RISD where he studied photography, performance and video production. He went on to co-found the group Talking Heads in New York. Byrne remained involved with photography and design after college and has been publishing and exhibiting his work worldwide for many years. His artwork is often described as elevating the mundane or the banal to the level of art, creating icons out of everyday materials to find the sacred in the profane.  His exhibitions&mdash;in museums, institutions and non-traditional spaces&mdash;engage the public and often incorporate interactive, audio and sculptural elements. His museum shows in Germany, Italy and Japan mixed these components with Acoustiguides. He's produced billboards in Belfast and Toronto, subway posters in Stockholm, fly posters during the presidential election in NY, LA and Chicago, and lightboxes in the streets of San Francisco and Sydney, Australia. He has also created a 215-foot long flow chart covering the 5th Avenue side of Saks 5th Ave, multiple-choice questions on the Tokyo subways, an audio piece in the World Financial Center, PowerPoint installations in a building lobby on Times Square, a singing robot for <em>Voice of Julio / Vox de Julio</em>, and a series of bike racks installed on streets of New York City. <em>Playing the Building</em>, Byrne's interactive installation that turned a building into a giant musical instrument, has been presented in Stockholm, London, and by Creative Time in NYC.   Byrne is represented by Pace/MacGill Gallery in NYC.
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